Essays, etc.

David Dark’s “Foreword” to Human Rites

It’s always a humiliating task to ask colleagues (and sometimes friends of friends) to read a book manuscript and say something nice about it. It’s basically saying, “Can you read this, but don’t grade it, and then celebrate me in writing?” That’s not weird at all, right? I was honored by the folks around the Continue reading David Dark’s “Foreword” to Human Rites

Biblical Theology of Ritual Course

I’ll be teaching the Pentecost term course at the Theopolis Institute at Beeson Divinity School in May. Here are the details for anyone in the Birmingham area (or willing to drive): Course Description (May 13–15, 2019): “Ritual” is a universal way of describing human activity. All endeavors—technological, scientific, familial, and so on—are concerned with who can Continue reading Biblical Theology of Ritual Course

Video deposition: 1 of my many failures

Our student success director had a brilliant idea: get staff and faculty to talk about their failures and how they dealt with them (in a well-crafted 2-minute video). As it so happens, I keep my diplomas framed behind a wall of framed rejection letters (as you can see in the video). Every once in a Continue reading Video deposition: 1 of my many failures

Even when distractions are controlled for, laptop use might impair performance by affecting the manner and quality of in-class note taking.1 By The Rev. Dr. Dru Johnson When studied side-by-side, computer note taking is clearly inferior to handwritten class notes. For most of us, that’s really all we need to know. But for some of us, we Continue reading